Gaming & Culture

Microsoft announces November launch for Xbox Series X, Halo Infinite delay

Explode! Microsoft The system-on-a-chip at the heart of the system. Microsoft Overhead view. Microsoft A model of the airflow “vortex” helping to cool the long rectangular Series X chassis. Microsoft This image is labeled as a “vapor chamber,” which we can only assume is used for cooling. Microsoft The chassis used to mount the Series …

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Mission to Mars: Hilary Swank leads an elite team in trailer for Away

Hillary Swank stars as an elite astronaut preparing for a crewed mission to Mars in the new Netflix sci-fi drama series Away. An elite international team of astronauts must leave family and friends behind for a three-year crewed mission to Mars in Away, a new science fiction drama from Netflix, starring Hilary Swank. Created by …

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Lest we forget: Mark 75 years of the atomic bomb with the Ars watch list

Enlarge / Ars marks the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bomb with a look at how the complicated legacy of this world-altering event has been reflected in film and television. Film collage by Aurich Lawson This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first atomic bomb. Just before sunrise on July 16, 1945, in a …

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Xbox Series S outed by next-gen controller leak—and it’s legit

A new controller for a system that hasn’t launched yet? That’s interesting enough, sure. But the news comes when you turn the box. Zak S Notice “Xbox Series X | S” as a descriptor? That is legitimate. Zak S The controller works with existing Xbox One consoles, and one owner we’ve gotten in touch with, …

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Three algorithm-less streaming sites revive the wacky Web from days of yore

Enlarge / An average performance you can expect to see, and participate in, at Internet Temple. Co-creator Clayton Collins is in the center frame, performing as his alter-ego Long Distance Husband. Internet Temple In early May, I needed a change of pace from my usual YouTube rabbit holes, having gone down a few of those …

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Science, history, and purring cats: Brief podcasts for the nerdy set

Enlarge / Podcasts with your interests—and attention span—in mind. Aurich Lawson / Getty Images The beauty of the podcast format is also sometimes its curse: arbitrary episode lengths. Finding a new podcast to love can be daunting when episodes regularly exceed the hour-long mark. If you’re struggling to commit to podcasts on topics like history …

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Review: Doom Patrol comes back strong with fierce and fun S2

Trailer for the second season of Doom Patrol. Lots of people missed last year’s debut of Doom Patrol, a delightfully bonkers show about a “found family” of superhero misfits, because it aired exclusively on the DC Universe streaming service.  Fortunately, S2 also aired on HBO Max, expanding the series’ potential audience. Apart from one sub-par …

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Trailer for Ridley Scott’s Raised by Wolves is giving us strong Alien vibes

Executive producer Ridley Scott’s sci-fi series Raised by Wolves is coming to HBO Max in September. Androids struggle to raise human children on a mysterious planet in the first trailer for Raised by Wolves, a new sci-fi series coming to HBO Max, courtesy of none other than Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien, etc., etc.). Created by …

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Star Trek: Lower Decks review: Comfort food with a comic twist

Enlarge / Ensigns Tendi (Noël Wells), Rutherford (Eugene Cordero), Boimler (Jack Quaid), and Mariner (Tawny Newsome) reporting for duty. YouTube/CBS All Access Star Trek has been many things in the past 54 years: eight television series, 13 films, the better part of a thousand total novels, and the beating heart that arguably created modern fandom …

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